Winchester Bay From seafood to shopping, there’s plenty to do in this village bound by water and sand. - Gail Oberst
So Others Might Live Take a closer look at our coastal heroes who make rescues on land and sea. - Cheryl D. Wanner
Encounter with an Octopus Meet these brainy creatures at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. - Emily Kolkmo
Kid-O vs. John Smith In 1940, a wrestling match between an octopus and a man was the talk of Depoe Bay. - Bob Armstrong
Seafood Science Oregon State University’s Seafood Research Lab leads the way in seafood safety and marketing. - Nancy Steinberg
Astoria’s Christmas Tradition Step back in time with Christmas tea in the grand old Flavel House Museum. - Laura Brooks
Blimey ... It’s a Blimp Blimps stood watch over the Oregon Coast during World War II. Now, their gigantic home houses a highly regarded aviation museum. Paul Pintarich
If I Only Had a Brain An up-close look at the simple lives of brainless marine creatures. - Joan Huemoeller
Raise a Glass at Flying Dutchman Winery Spectacular scenery, warm hospitality, and salt air combine to make a terrific wine-tasting experience in Otter Rock. - Nancy Steinberg
Music and Comedy at Three Rivers Casino From well-known bands to up-and-coming comedy and music acts, there’s a wide variety of entertainment at this Central Coast casino. - Judy Fleagle
Toledo’s Railroad Legacy Railroad history comes to life at this museum. - Lisa Nichols
The List Before the movie, The Bucket List, there was Jane, whom the author met while fulfilling his own list. - Curt Melliger
On the cover
Umpqua River Lighthouse Museum, by Alicia Spooner
A couple of weeks ago I drove up to the North Coast to research a story for Northwest Travel, our sister magazine. It was the middle of October, and there were a couple of days where the sky intermittently let loose with downpours. Twice, I almost drove by a state park or beach because I was in the midst of a huge deluge, but each time I changed my mind and decided to venture off the highway. And each time, just moments later, I was rewarded with an instantaneous clearing of skies and beautiful sunshine that illuminated the glistening scene. That's the magic of the coast, at any season.
I also went to Newport in September to attend the Oregon Coast Aquarium's Jellyfish Jubilee. This is their main annual fundraiser, and what a fun event. Tables were arranged amongst the tanks, so you could simultaneously look at fish and nibble on delicious tapas prepared by coastal chefs. Oregon wineries were also offering their vintages, and the pairings were wonderful. It was a very relaxed event that had no particular schedule, just music, wine, food, and fish. I also got to interact with an octopus, which was an amazing experience.
You can read in more detail about an octopus encounter inside this issue. Emily Kolkemo was very impressed with an octopus named Webster, the brainy fellow she interacted with at the aquarium. And another story details a "wrestling match" between the Depoe Bay Aquarium's curator, John Smith, and an octopus named Kid O. It was called a draw, but from the news report it sounded to me like the octopus was just being gracious.
Gail Oberst went down to Winchester Bay for a few days and wrote about this little fishing village near Reedsport. Renowned for its sportfishing, Winchester Bay is also the spot for great seafood, sand dune adventures, and more.
Cheryl Wanner writes of the U.S. Coast Guard, whose members protect our coastline and its inhabitants and who frequently risk their lives "so others may live." They’re an amazing bunch of folks, and well-deserving of our admiration.
There's plenty more stories in here for your reading pleasure, including pieces on the Tillamook blimps, the OSU Seafood Research Lab, and hikes on the South Coast. If you have favorite spots on the coast that you'd like to share (or learn more about), please let us know. You can reach me at [email protected] Also, I wanted to let you know that we put together one 2010 calendar for both Oregon Coast and Northwest Travel this year. With the still-flagging economy, we've found a few ways to conserve resources so that we can continue bringing you these terrific magazines and a gorgeous calendar as well. Happy Holidays!
- Rosemary Camozzi
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